Obsessed knitting geek, mother, and science teacher - not necessarily in that order

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Another trivia question

Trivia - May 27 through June 2

Who are the two people speaking in this quote and what book is it from? 5 House Points to those who post the correct answer to their blogs.

"I'm not trying to say what she did was sensible. I'm just trying to make you see how she was feeling at the time."

"You should write a book, translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them."

Hermione and Ron - it's from the Order Of The Phoenix

Friday, May 25, 2007

Some knitting progress...

Almost done my first jaywalker - after several false starts (problems with color pooling and gauge). I also got some cool stitch holders off etsy that do a great job keeping the stitches from sliding off my WIP when it is in my knitting bag. While my stitches are not prone to jumping off the needles themselves, I thought these would be good to safeguard against repeat performances of the time my dd pulled two dpns out of a (almost complete) sock-in-progress.

I got some malabrigo to knit my dh a hat - it is actually the first thing I have ever knit for him. He is picky and I wanted to make him something that I knew he would use and like. It is soft and snuggly and boring and plain - just like him ;)

Oh and I also finished the feather and fan stole out of the Artyarns regal silk for Mother's Day but forgot to take a pic before giving it to my mom. I am really happy with how it turned out, and I really loved working with the silk.

Monday, May 21, 2007

More Hogwarts Trivia

1. Who is the Fat Lady's friend?
- Violet

2. When the Fat Lady was attacked by Sirius Black and fled her portrait, who took over for her as guard of Gryffindor Tower?

Sir Cadogan

3. Usually when Harry is in Dumbledore's office, what are the portraits of previous headmasters doing?

- Snoozing

4. Which one of the Triwizard champions did not go to the World Cup?

- Fleur Delacour

5. Who did Harry give his Triwizard winnings to?

- Fred and George Weasley

The next two are anagrams. Rearrange the letters to get the correct words.
6. Minerva McGonagall

7. Oliver Wood

8. What author's name appears on the book "Quidditch Through the Ages"?

- Kennilworthy Whisp

9. What does the Keeper do in a game of Quidditch?

- Guards the goal

10. In the Goblet of Fire why did the Mad Eye Moody imposter put Harry's name in the goblet?

- He wanted Harry to win the tournament

Picture Scavenger Hunt
Find these pictures and either post the pictures on your blog or links that will take us to those pictures.

- Dobby holding his sock from Harry
- Cho Chang and Harry's first kiss
- Viktor Krum and Hermione at the dance
- Mad Eye Moody

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Okay, pictures like I promised

First some knitklips - can't wait to try these - but first I need a project that actually requires seaming. I normally avoid anything with seams but I am hoping these little gadgets will make seaming a little more tolerable.

Beside that is two skeins of merino wool laceweight. One in a green semisolid and the other in soft variegated blues, greens, lilacs, yellows - just enchantingly beautiful. I think the green will become a leaf lace shawl - not sure about the other one yet.

Next is some impulse buying from the Knit Happens sale - which I must say from their poor customer service that no sale prices will ever tempt me to shop there again.
My order shipped one FULL month after I paid for it and I recieved no response to my email inquiries. I had to call them to finally get information on my order status. Very disappointing.

The yarn: Debbie Bliss cotton dk in yellow; Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran in peach; Kaalund Expressions mohair laceweight in anemone (the picture does not do this colorway justice - it is so delectable).

HSKS Trivia

Trivia #1What's the name of this potion?This potion has the colour of molten gold, and while exposed to the air, large drops will leap like goldfish above the surface without spilling.

The Mary Sue potion

Trivia #2Which book is this line from?"Harry and Cho were now too embarrassed to look at each other, let alone talk to each other; what if Ron and Hermione started going out together, then split up? Could their friendship survive it? Harry remembered the few weeks when they had not been talking to each other in third year; he had not enjoyed trying to bridge the distance between them. And then, what if they didn't split up? What if they became like Bill and Fleur, and it became excrutiatingly embarrassing to be in their presence, so that he was shut out for good?"

The Half-Blood Prince.

Trivia #3Who utters these words?"Oh I am glad I'm not on duty. I wouldn't fancy having to go and tell the Irish they've got to stop celebrating."

Arthur Weasley

Tons of new yarn goodies...

but have not had time to sit down and post pictures yet.

Mother's Day was very nice. DH and DD got me a much coveted ball winder and subscription to Interweave Knits. I am very excited to get my first issue and wind my first ball of yarn.

Like I said I have been so busy the last week I have barley even had time to knit.

Will try to come back tomorrow with a more thorough, picture laden post.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Yummy yarn sundae and crafty goodness

Well inspired by all the purty Zen Strings yarn I have - I assembled this tasty yarn sundae...mmmmmmm.....looks good enough to eat - um, I mean knit.

Following this creative inspiration, I made this cute little sock needle sleeve holder for my HSKS partner (yes, that first picture is upside down).

Could this be coming to you??? ;)

It's nice and compact and I think I will make one for myself next. It can hold up to four pairs of sock needles and would be great to keep in my sock knitting bag.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Owie - that was my knitting finger!

Well, we spent the weekend putting in laminate flooring and well - let me tell you the splintered edges on those things are mighty sharp! I sliced open two of my fingers on my right hand (index and middle) - still hurts to put pressure on them so I am typing with my ring finger.

I can knit (thank goodness!!) but it can get awkward when the yarn wraps around the band aid.

Anyways, I have been busy finishing up my silk shawl for Mother's Day. I frogged and re-started my STR Jaywalker AGAIN!!! And I have been busy plotting stuff for my Harry Potter Sock Kit Swap partner. I have already chosen the yarn and the pattern for the bag. I will start on the bag as soon as the shawl is finished - so next week. I still have to settle on a a sock yarn and order some knitting goodies - so much yarny goodness, so little time!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

I'll start my yarn diet right after this...

More yarn pron arrived today. I ordered these awhile back through a coop and some great prices. This is all from Zen Strings - (from left to right) patchouli in worsted BFL, autumnal rainbow in dk weight, and two skeins of lotustoes sock yarn: naiad and cherry mocha java.

The colors are beautiful and the yarn is soft and squishy - can't wait to knit it up - right now the cherry mocha java is calling to me....

Oh and that jaywalker in STR I showed you progress on a few days ago had to be frogged :( It was too small - I did not realized how "un-stretchy" this pattern was - so I am starting again - good thing the STR frogs well and is still really nice to knit with.